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MBACP, BSc (Hons)

About me

Welcome! Thank you for taking a moment to read this profile. I know it takes courage to share things with a stranger but do feel free to call or message me.  Then we can talk to see whether we'd work well together.

What kind of person am I? I’ve been described as kind, calm and down-to-earth.  I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds, short or longer term. I hope that I am welcoming to clients from all walks of life, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, disability, belief or sexual orientation.

What are my sessions like?  My counselling sessions are safe and confidential spaces, where you are free to share whatever’s on your mind, in your own time, and at your own pace. Gradually we will develop your inner resources to bring you hope, meaning, healing or whatever else it may be that you are seeking.  I believe that the client is the important person in the room, not me.

What is my background? I have come to the world of counselling later in life, having had a long career starting in the military, then in public service at various levels up to senior management.  I've worked in multi-agency settings including in the fields of mental health, often having leadership, managerial and pastoral responsibility for large teams of staff.  Now, aside from private practice, I work for several reputable organisations, both as a counsellor, and in other related roles.  

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) PPS (University of Portsmouth)
  • Level 3 Certificate counselling skills
  • Level 2 Certificate counselling concepts
  • Diploma in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
  • Dip. HE Combined Studies (University of Surrey)
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Enhanced DBS

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work-related stress, up to senior management level, emergency service  or military personnel.  Anxiety suffered by carers.  Anxiety and issues associated with serious illness such as cancer.  Anxiety suffered by highly sensitive adults and young people (HSP).  Neuro-Linguistic Programming. 

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Crawley - £40 for each 50 minute session

Dorking - £50 for each 50 minute session

Zoom and phone - £40 for each 50 minute session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am generally available during the day depending on my other clients, with appointments up to 7pm.  Weekend sessions during the day are also possible, please feel free to enquire.

Crawley, West Sussex, RH10

Type of session

In person
Home visits